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Jessica Ehrlich brushes off suggestions she quit and says, 'I'm running for Congress'



Alex Sink’s entry into the Democratic race to succeed late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young fueled speculation that longtime candidate Jessica Ehrlich was dropping out – especially after Ehrlich’s campaign stayed inexplicably silent virtually all this week.

But on Saturday, Ehrlich asserted, “I’m running for Congress” with no thought of quitting.

Ehrlich noted that Congressional 13 is a rare district that’s contained all within one county (it stretches from Fort De Soto Park to Dunedin, but leaves out a wide swath of southern and downtown St. Petersburg.)

And, drawing a distinction between her and Sink, she said, "Pinellas County is my home and it's made up of all of my friends and neighbors."

Pinellas County residents have told her, she said, of their “fear and concern” because of Washington’s tinkering with the flood insurance program and playing “Russian roulette” with the economy.

“I wasn’t afraid to stand up to the establishment and run against Bill Young and I’m not afraid to stand up to the establishment now,” she added.

Ehrlich ran against Young last year, and already was campaigning against him before he first announced plans to retire, and then passed away.

[Last modified: Saturday, November 2, 2013 8:33pm]


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